Concert

Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical

Friday / April 26, 2013 / 7:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
02115
Artist: Ian Janer

Berklee’s Musical Theater Ensemble and the Musical Theater Orchestra present a fully staged production of the Broadway musical Hair. Inspired by the peace movement and the social revolution of the 1960s, Hair's songs became anthems of the anti-Vietnam War movement and opened Broadway theater to rock music. 

Directed by voice instructor Rene Pfister with musical director Peter Cokkinias, professor of music education.

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Admission: 
$8, $16 in advance (discount applied at checkout), $12, $20 day of show, reserved seating

Music of Quincy Jones with Siedah Garrett and Patti Austin

Sunday / February 24, 2013 / 7:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
02115

Producer, arranger, conductor, film composer, and trumpeter Quincy Jones has been at the forefront of modern American music since his years as a student at Berklee in the 1950s. He has arranged for Dizzy Gillespie and Frank Sinatra; produced Michael Jackson, Miles Davis, and Ray Charles; scored Oscar-winning films; and has received 27 Grammy Awards. Tonight, Berklee students and faculty pay tribute to “Q” with new arrangements of his enduring music in honor of his 80th birthday. 

In honor of Jones’s 80th birthday in March, his alma mater will celebrate this musical visionary with a 30-piece orchestra of faculty and students performing new arrangements of selections from his enduring musical legacy. Special guests and frequent Jones collaborators Siedah Garrett and Patti Austin will also perform.

Under the direction of Rob Rose and Ken Zambello, the concert will highlight music from Jones’s entire career, featuring songs he wrote or produced for Michael Jackson, Tamia, and James Ingram, and for movies like The Wiz, The Color Purple, and In the Heat of the Night. Selections from his Grammy Award-winning albums The Dude and Back on the Block will also be featured.

Grammy Award-winning and Academy Award-nominated singer-songwriter Garrett has cowritten a number of hit songs with Jones. Five songs credit Garrett as a cowriter on Back on the Block, and the track “The Places You Find Love” highlights her lead vocals. She and Jones wrote the theme song for the opening ceremony of the 2007 Special Olympics, and the opener of the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai. Garrett co-wrote the #1 single “Man in the Mirror” and sang the duet “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You” on Michael Jackson’s Bad, which Jones produced.
 
Austin, a Grammy Award-winning vocal stylist, is Jones’ goddaughter. Jones produced many of her biggest hit songs, including “How Do You Keep the Music Playing" and “Baby Come to Me,” both duets with James Ingram. She sang with Michael Jackson on “It's the Falling in Love" from his Off The Wall album, produced by Jones. She performed on The Dude, and scored two Top 10 jazz albums, Every Home Should Have One and The Real Me, while signed to his Qwest label.
 
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Admission: 
$8, $16 in advance (discount applied at checkout), $12, $20 day of show, reserved seating

Declan O’Rourke / Robert Steven Williams

Thursday / April 11, 2013 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115
Declan
Robert Steven Williams

 

Declan O'Rourke is a product of the folk-rock busking tradition. His rough vocal style contrasts neatly with his intelligent string- and piano-laden arrangements, creating a brand of acoustic pop that has brought him multiplatinum success in Ireland.
 
This year O'Rourke performed with Bono, Damien Rice, and Bob Geldolf at the Electric Burma in Dublin.
 
“He writes the sort of classic songs that people don’t write anymore, songs that sound like they’ve been around forever . . . Listen to "Galileo," which is possibly the greatest song written in the last thirty years," Paul Weller.
 
Robert Steven Williams released the critically acclaimed CD I Am Not My Job, featuring Rachel Z (Peter Gabriel, Wayne Shorter) and Sloan Wainwright in 2006. He’s studied songwriting with Rosanne Cash, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, and several top country writers. 
 
His novel My Year as a Clown, will be released on the indie imprint Against the Grain Press in January 2013—one of his songs will be included in the digital version of the book. A finalist in the Raymond Carver Short Story Contest, his short fiction has appeared in Carve Magazine, the Orange Coast Review, and the anthology Tall Tales and Short Stories, volume II.
Admission: 
$10 advance, $12 day of show

Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band / Rosco Bandana

Saturday / December 8, 2012 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115
Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band
Rosco Bandana

Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band comes roaring out of the southern Indiana foothills playing a brand of Americana and delta blues combined with hillbilly fervor and musical precision sharp as razor wire. This trio is a force to be reckoned with.

The growl of a good truck engine, the fiercest passion for their country home and family, and an uncanny ability to breathe new life into old forms of music give them a pedigree many Americana acts would kill for. An ironclad work ethic keeps them on the road 250 dates a year, playing for the people with hurricane force. Locked in with an audience, the band created its own community and welcomed the crowd into it, transporting them away from their troubles to joyous release, the way great musicians have done for centuries. The Rev. J. Peyton, his wife Breezy, and distant cousin Aaron “Cuz” Persinger, are a living, breathing embodiment of the traditions and hard work ethic native to their Brown County, Indiana home. Their new album Between the Ditches is a chronicle of this lifestyle.

Rosco Bandana is a Gulfport-based band whose act includes blues/Americana style music blended with modern folk and a hint of Gypsy fanfare. This newly formed band has been shaking up the local music scene with its energetic live performances.

Admission: 
$15 general admission

Caleb Tay: A Venture Into Jazz

Thursday / October 18, 2012 / 4:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Tay will lead an instrumental quartet with special guests on vocals and saxophone. The band will perform jazz tunes in contemporary styles, as well as new arrangements.

 

Admission: 
Free

Victor Wooten Meets Berklee

Friday / October 19, 2012 / 9:00 p.m.
Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía
1 Avenida Autopista del Saler
Valencia
Spain
46013
Photo by Steve Parker

World-renown bass player Victor Wooten will perform on Berklee's campus in Valencia, Spain.

Wooten learned music early. By age 3, he was being taught bass by his oldest brother, Regi, and at age 5 he was performing professionally with the Wooten Brothers Band. Working their way east from Sacramento, the band played countless clubs and eventually opened concerts for Curtis Mayfield and War. Wooten was influenced by bass mentors Stanley Clarke, Larry Graham, and Bootsy Collins, while learning about the music business. By the early ’80s, the brothers became mainstays at Busch Gardens theme park in Williamsburg, Virginia, making numerous connections with musicians in Nashville and New York.

In 1988, Wooten moved to Nashville, where he worked with singer Jonell Mosser and met newgrass revival banjo ace Béla Fleck. A year later, Fleck enlisted Wooten, his brother Roy (a.k.a. Future Man), and harmonica-playing keyboardist Howard Levy to perform with him, and the Flecktones were born. After three highly successful albums, Levy departed in 1993, and the band’s new trio format enabled Wooten to develop and display a staggering array of fingerboard skills that turned him into a bass hero of Pastorian-proportions and helped earn the band a Grammy. With the Flecktones in full flight, Wooten set his sights on a solo career, first forming Bass Extremes with fellow low-end lord Steve Bailey (leading to an instructional book/CD and two CDs, to date), and finally releasing his critically-acclaimed solo debut, A Show of Hands, in 1996.

Wooten, now a five-time Grammy winner, also won two Nashville Music Awards for Bassist of the Year and is the only three-time winner of Bass Player magazine’s Bass Player of the Year. With the honors came sideman calls, leading to recordings and performances with artists like Branford Marsalis, Mike Stern, Bruce Hornsby, Chick Corea, Dave Matthews, Prince, Gov’t Mule, Susan Tedeschi, Vital Tech Tones (with Scott Henderson and Steve Smith), and the Jaco Pastorius Word of Mouth Big Band.

Musicians wanting to learn Wooten's unique style and elusive techniques began seeking him out for lessons and seminars at music stores and schools around the world. These workshops became the training ground that lead to the formation of his acclaimed bass/nature camp in 2000, which eventually expanded into Victor Wooten’s Center for Music and Nature. Wooten continues to grow and is always willing to share his gifts with all who desire to learn.

For more information about Berklee College of Music, Valencia campus please visit: www.berkleevalencia.org

For more information about Victor Wooten, please visit: www.victorwooten.com

Admission: 
€10

Rhythms and Sounds of Latin America

Friday / November 9, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Singer Valeria Anez presents a musical journey through the rhythms and culture of Latin countries, exploring the roots, sounds and flavors of Latin American music. The program includes a collection of emblematic artists and songs from Chile, Brazil, Colombia and many more. 

Admission: 
Free

Reynold Roque's Senior Jazz Comp Recital

Friday / November 30, 2012 / 7:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

Drummer and composer Reynold Roque presents original jazz fusion tunes in the culmination of his Berklee experience.

Admission: 
Free

Jazz at the Arsenal: Darcel Wilson and the Rhythm and Soul Project

Monday / October 22, 2012 / 7:30 p.m.
Arsenal Center for the Arts
321 Arsenal Street
Watertown
MA
02472
Darcel Wilson and The Rhythm & Soul Project

Jazz at the Arsenal presents a night of groovin’ music with the powerfully expressive singer Darcel Wilson and the Rhythm and Soul Project. Concert highlights will include originals as well as music by Bill Withers, Chaka Khan, Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder, and others. An instructor in the Ear Training Department at Berklee College of Music, Wilson has shared the stage with Paula Cole, Lalah Hathaway, Susan Tedeschi, Tracy Bonham, and Blood Sweat and Tears. Her voice can be heard on a multitude of national as well as local radio and television jingles. She’s performed at the BeanTown Jazz Festival, served as lead session singer/ vocal arranger for the Broadway show Brooklyn the Musical and provided vocal production services on recording sessions in London and Los Angeles. Recently, Wilson has been active on the international front, traveling to Japan as a performing clinician at Koyo Conservatory, teaching at the Heineken Jazz Festival in Puerto Rico, participating in a vocal summit in Germany with fellow Berklee faculty members, and performing in Spain along with Nancy Morris, Ken Zambello, Paula Cole, and Livingston Taylor. She’s also worked with Branford Marsalis, Paul Simon, Mark (Marky Mark) Wahlberg, Brad Delp (lead singer of Boston,) Armsted Christian, and Keith Robinson (with Metropolis).

Admission: 
$20/ $18 members/ $15 students

Those Who Can Teach, Perform!

Tuesday / November 13, 2012 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Each semester, students and faculty from the music education department come together to perform and celebrate with an eclectic musical program. You may hear anything from traditional choral ensemble to progressive jazz, ukelele to boomwhacker: each program is guaranteed to be a unique, creative, and joyful event.

Admission: 
Free

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